Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Updates

Please visit this site every Friday as we plan to post our weekend Cascade forecasts.
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Issued Friday 1-30-09 11:15 AM PT
A weather system will move in later today and spread precipitation to the region for this afternoon, evening, and into Saturday morning. Then a brief drying trend for Saturday for most regions on Saturday afternoon and for part of Sunday. Then for Sunday another weather system moves in to spread precipitation for the Olympics in the late morning into the West Cascades by the afternoon and into East Cascades late Sunday. Lower confidence in the Sunday forecast given some of the conflicts in the forecast models.

Extended forecast indicates above average prec. for the Cascades and with temperatures forecast to be below normal that will be good for the snowpack

Mountain Weather Seminar March 31
At the Seattle Mountaineers Clubhouse, No registration necessary. No fee. Members and non-members welcome. Weather is the biggest limiting factor for outdoor recreation in our marine climate. Understanding and -- more important -- predicting our mountain weather is a critical skill. Come learn from an expert. Mike Fagin is founder of Washington Online Weather (, a Mountaineers Alpine Scramble grad and a professional weather forecaster. Mike will give us an overview of "machinery" of western Washington weather - what forces give us wet or dry conditions? He will share his favorite sources of accurate mountain forecasts to check before leaving home. Then he will talk about forecasting in the field. What do various cloud formations portend? Does that shift of wind direction mean anything? Is that gray sky OK or is it time to turn tail and scat? If it's wet here, will it be better east of the passes? Mike Fagin forecasts not only in our area but also for major Himalayan expeditions. Reduce your mountain misery quotient. Learn skills to help you keep dry and happy.
Location: The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE
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